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U.S. beef ban affects restaurants

24 December 2004

TOKYO - The Japanese food industry is starting to realize how badly it has been hit by the effects of a ban placed on imports of U.S. beef nearly a year ago following the detection of cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, in the United States. Hardest hit were restaurants serving beef dishes such as gyudon, a bowl of rice with seasoned beef, since U.S. supplies accounted for about one-third of domestic beef consumption. Source:


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